First lecture takes place March 7 at the Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati, OH (February 5, 2018)—  Tickets are now available for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2018 Barrows Conservation Lecture Series. The first of four lectures will be held on March 7 at the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion and will focus on the future of Asian elephants in human care. The prestigious lecture series will feature an exciting lineup of internationally acclaimed scientists, explorers and conservationists. Since 1993, the Barrows series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. Tickets for the series or individual lectures are available here.

Schedule and lecture details:

Wednesday, March 7 – Gerry Creighton will present, “Giant footsteps: The future of the Asian elephants in human care.” Creighton holds an advisory role acting as elephant consultant for many international zoos. His career has spanned several decades of exciting development, during which time Dublin Zoo has transformed from its Victorian beginnings in 1831 into a modern, vital and progressive European center for conservation, education and animal husbandry.

Wednesday, March 21 – Julie Scardina will present, “Mission: Wildlife 29.” Scardina has spent her life working with animals, educating the public and supporting conservation. She holds the title as the most frequent guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show more than 100 times discussing animals and conservation. She also traveled the globe for years with Jack Hanna, appearing on his weekly show Animal Adventures.

Wednesday, April 11 – Paul Smith, PhD will present, “Can botanic gardens conserve all of the world’s rare and threatened plant species?” With a 25-year career working in conservation, Paul joined BGCI as Secretary General in March 2015. He is the former Head of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) and, during his nine years at the helm, seeds from more than 25,000 plant species were conserved in the MSB.

Wednesday, April 25 – Dr. Amy Dickman will present, “Money, myths & man-eaters: Big cat conservation in Tanzania and beyond.” Dr. Amy Dickman is the 2018 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award winner. Amy is the Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation at Oxford University and has 20 years of experience working on large carnivores in Africa, specializing in human-carnivore conflict.

All Barrows Conservation Lectures are held in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion and begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows. Tickets are on sale now. Zoo Member/Zoo Volunteer: $13.00 Series Price: $48.00, Non Zoo Members: $15.00 Series Price: $56.00. Call (513) 487-3318 for questions or visit our website to purchase tickets.